Restless Legs & PLMS
Visit the Restless Legs Homepage for additional information.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
is a discomfort in the legs which is relieved by moving or stimulating the
legs. This feeling is difficult to describe and commonly referred to as
a crawling, tingling or prickling sensation. Medications have been found
likely situations for symptoms to occur
Riding in a car
(in a movie theater for example)
Lying in bed trying
to fall asleep
to provide temporary relief of symptoms
Getting up and walking around
Taking a hot shower
Rubbing the legs
Limb Movements in Sleep
One variation of RLS is Periodic
Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS). PLMS are characterized by leg movements
or jerks which typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. PLMS
causes sleep to be disrupted. These movements are typically reported by
the bed partner. These movements fragment sleep leaving the person with
excessive daytime sleepiness.
test for Restless Legs
Do you feel that in some way your sleep is not refreshing or restful?
Do your legs ache prior
to bed or when getting up?
Does your bed partner
report that you kick them during the night?